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Diving Belize’s Great Blue Hole

Diving Belize’s Great Blue Hole

Diving Belize's Great Blue Hole



Touted as one of Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive sites, the Great Blue Hole National Monument at Lighthouse Reef Atoll is the world’s largest oceanic blue hole. Divers who descend into the tranquil abyss will marvel at the tropical marine life and geologic wonders such as giant stalactites. The Great Blue Hole is also available as a snorkeling tour.

Great Blue Hole Diving

Blue Hole trips are full-day excursions to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, which is approximately 50 miles by boat from Isla Marisol Resort. The first dive at the Great Blue Hole is a maximum depth of 130 feet. During the surface interval, participants are brought to Half Moon Caye for lunch. The second dive is at Half Moon Caye Wall. For those not up for a second dive or snorkel, there is the option of exploring the island and its nesting colony of Red Footed Booby Birds. Half Moon Caye was designated a bird sanctuary in 1928, making it Belize’s oldest site for wildlife protection.

The Blue Hole Excursion is two dives suitable for intermediate and experienced divers. A local check-out dive at Isla Marisol is required before participating in the Blue Hole Dive. Snorkelers of all ages and abilities are welcome. A minimum of 6 participants are required to make the trip to Lighthouse Reef Atoll, which is approximately 2 hours away.

Included in Blue Hole Tour:

  • 2 dives
  • Round-trip boat ride to the Blue Hole (2 hours)
  • Blue Hole reserve entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Weight and tanks (does not include scuba gear)

Price per person: $270

Rates are in US$ per person. See policies.

Gear Rental: $35/day or $150/week

Includes BCD, regulator, mask, fins, and wetsuit

Diver Expectations

  • Divers must present a dive certification card and complete a liability release prior to diving.
  • Divers are required to demonstrate the ability to set up a full set of gear prior to the first dive.
  • Divers are asked to rinse personal gear, including wet suits, fins, mask and snorkels at the end of the dive day. BC’s, regulators, tanks, and weights will be taken care of by Isla Marisol staff, who will set up and break down equipment and prepare gears for subsequent diving.
  • Divers should pay attention during all dive briefings and adhere to the dive profiles and time limits outlined by the Divemaster. Divers who use a personal dive computer are asked to consult first with the Divemaster if planning to dive a different profile.
  • Divers are responsible for checking dive tables, and staying within the limits of the dive table. No decompression diving. If a diver enters decompression, they may not be able to dive again for the remainder of the day.
  • Divers are expected to utilize the buddy system. If a diver has no buddy then they will dive with the Divemaster. No solo diving.
  • All dives are drift dives with boat and captain above following the divers' bubbles.
  • Divers must wait 18-24 hours after diving before flying.
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